Wisconsin Lions Camp
Giving special children resources, skills and experiences that can serve them long beyond their childhoods
“Blind kids can’t go to outdoor camps and stuff like that …”
This remark by a blind teenager started it all more than 60 years ago.
Serving nearly 1,300 special campers a year with vision, hearing, mild cognitive disabilities and Type 1 & 2 diabetes from some 400 Wisconsin communities’ 70,000 campers over the past 60 years in Rosholt, Wisconsin, at Lions Camp.
That chance comment, overheard by a Lions Club member, has turned dream into reality for as many as 70,000 campers with disabilities throughout Wisconsin. In a typical year, campers representing some 400 different communities attend.
The goals of Lions Camp are to assist each child in the development of self-confidence, interdependence, social skills, outdoor recreational skills and environmental awareness; most importantly, for the child to have a fun, safe, memorable experience.
Lions Camp is accredited by the American Camp Association. The property is 440 acres in size and includes a 45-acre private lake. The camp has 37 buildings including a new Health Center and a recently remodeled dining hall. Camp can house an average of 150 campers per week. Staff members reside in temperature controlled cabins with the campers. A recently constructed modern health lodge (staffed by a full time nurse) and an extensively remodeled and expanded dining hall/meeting facility are the two most recent additions.
Campers have an opportunity for a comprehensive program. Overnight camping, environmental education, challenge course, climbing tower, canoe and hiking trips, swimming, sailing, kayaking, paddle boating, outdoor living, archery, crafts, sports and much more.
Lions Camp vigorously recruits counselor staff, then carefully trains the finest young men and women available. Forty-eight positions (a staff to camper ratio of 1:6) are filled on the basis of qualifications, commitment, and professional experience. The staff is mainly composed of college students in the human services fields.
Thanks to the support of Wisconsin Lions Clubs, participation in summer camps is free (there is a refundable $25 application deposit).
Weekly Summer Camp Programs ...
Blind and Visually Impaired
Deaf and Hard of Hearing
Adult Resort Programs
Other Facility Uses